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Valley Record SNOQUALMIE

Saturday, July 20

In the heart of North Bend, Wash.

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Arts around the corner

The sound of real strings The Snoqualmie Strings youth orchestra play their final scheduled performance of the summer at noon, Saturday, July 20, at the community stage. Student musicians will perform their summer song selection. Their selections will include classical music like Brahm’s “Hungarian Dance,” old folk songs like “Cindy” and “Old Joe Clark,” as well as more contemporary movie themes from “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Mission Impossible.” Students have been learning and practicing songs throughout the year. Snoqualmie Strings is a youth orchestra program for school-aged children ages 6 to 18, playing the violin, viola, cello or bass. The orchestra is directed by Sheila Bateman, who has more than 20 years of experience teaching children to play music. The orchestra offers opportunities for children to learn music in ways they might not otherwise finds. Bateman hopes to give beginning and advanced players a place to play with peers, expand their repertoire and play in a variety of local venues. Snoqualmie Strings has a Seedling, junior, youth and chamber orchestra. At early ages, through Seedlings classes held after-school at Snoqualmie Valley elementary schools, Snoqualmie Strings teaches young children the basics of musicianship. Classes teach students how to hold a stringed instrument, read the treble and alto clef, follow a conductor, play together in an ensemble and harmonize with one another. The youth orchestra is for advanced student musicians. It tackles difficult music from a variety of genres. Students learn skills essential to the orchestral musician such as tracking the music, counting measures, following tempo changes, as well as note reading and music theory. To learn more about Snoqualmie Strings, go to snoqualmiestrings. com.


he Artists Alley at this year’s Block Party is one for the kids—and grown-ups, too. Come around the corner on North Bend Way, behind the antique mall and the Bank of America, and you’ll discover an oasis of creativity. Local artists will be showing off their works, both hung up for viewing and in progress. Painters will be working on canvasses, live. And this year, there’s a special interactive project aimed at the younger set. Alraune Chowdhury, a Mount Si Artist Guild member who’s helping organize the show, was inspired by a recent trip to Montreal. There, she happened upon a public art event that got her mental wheels turning. The result is the new Children’s Community Art Project, which lets youngsters paint a variety of images and patterns on pre-cut mask shapes—anything their imaginations can dream. Paper, paint and brushes will be donated by guild artists, who will assist and offer tips. Masks will be tagged with each child artist’s name and age and will be on display throughout the afternoon. In August, they’ll go in a special display at the Festival at Mount Si. “They’re part of the show. They’re participating, they’re creating it,” said Chowdhury. What will families experience through this project? “They can see the festival is promoting children’s imagination

and creativity,” says Chowdhury. “It’s putting something together. Each mask will have the same shape, but it’ll have a different pattern, color, motif.” The guild is eager to educate people about appreciation and participation in art, especially young people. The whole idea is to promote art, locally, says Chowdhury. “One of the guild’s guiding principles is to promote art and talent in the community,” she says. In coming to the block party, the guild can reach out and approach new faces. Mount Si Artists Guild is an established 501c(3) non-profit organization that brings together local artists for the purpose of providing encouragement, education and a forum for the promotion of visual fine arts in the Snoqualmie Valley. In raising awareness of fine arts in the community, the guild supports local artists by fostering an environment for creating and displaying art as well as promotion of the artists. The guild is also committed to bringing a positive, educational art experience to the community through classes for children and adults. Throughout the year, the guild conducts numerous art-related events, including auctions, regularly scheduled shows and other events which simulate local and regional tourism to the Valley. Learn more at

Above, an example of the colorful masks that children can create and display at the 2013 North Bend Block Party.

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Cascade Dance Academy’s Ashley Waller performs her solo, “Baby Face.” Her solo will be performed at the North Bend Block Party.

Performing at 3 p.m. on the Main Stage, IGNITE Dance and Yoga’s nationally recognized team dancers are going to share some of their award-winning routines at the Block Party. Dancers ages 6 to 19 will demonstrate jazz, tap, lyrical, contemporary, and hiphop styles. Many of these danc-

ers are just back from nationals in Seaside, Ore., bringing home awards including “Outstanding Choreography,” “Creative Concept,” Spotlight’s “Technical Award,” and even scoring in the top of the overall event. This group of dancers travel to regional and national level competitions throughout the year, so the block party is a great opportunity for the dancers to perform

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Cascade Dance Academy Performing at 12:30 p.m. on the Community Stage, at North Bend Way and Bendigo Boulevard, Cascade Dance’s Senior Company, made up of youths ages 12 to 18, shows off two pieces: “Put on a Happy Face” and “Carrying the Banner.” The Junior Company, made up of dancers ages 10 to 12, performs “Oh So Quiet.” The academy will also be show-

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Pie sales benefit independent seniors Be sure to bring your appetite to the North Bend Block Party: Mount Si Senior Center is having a Pie Sale and Lunch, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m at their building, 411 Main Ave. S., North Bend. All hungry visitors are welcome to stop by before heading to the North Bend Block Party. The center is cooking hamburgers and hot dogs, and offers pie for dessert or to take home. Lunch is $6 per person and pies are $8 each. All proceeds benefit the senior center and its programs. The Mount Si Senior Center provides services to the population of North Bend, Snoqualmie, Fall City, and the surrounding areas. The center provides activities, social interaction, and a hot lunch on weekdays. Drop in and see what’s going on. Call the center at (425) 888-3434.

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The Swirl, Frozen Yogurt with a Twist, which opened June 13, will have a booth at the Block Party. The shop is in Mount Si Village Shopping Center, in the building that used to house The Reef restaurant. Owner Deb Masters has added new paint, floors, plumbing, and fixtures. “Everything is different,” said Masters. Customers choose their frozen yogurt from five machines with two flavors each. Customers can also combine the flavors from each machine.

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Sterling Savings Bank will be presenting the Minute to Win It games at 1 p.m., Saturday at the community stage. Children ages 6 to 12 are welcome to compete in a variety of games including Try Mummy Me, Face the Cookie, This Blows, Extreme Hanky Panky and Junk in the Trunk. In the game, Try Mummy Me, one player wraps another in a roll of toilet paper. In the game Face the Cookie, players are challenged to use only their face muscles to move a cookie from their forehead to their mouth. In the game This Blows, players use a straw to see who can blow a series of plastic cups off the end of the table first. Extreme Hanky Panky is a test of players’ skill at removing all the tissues (one at a time) from a box strapped to their waist. In the final game, Junk in the Trunk, players will jump and twist until all the jingle bells leap out of the tissue box tied behind them. From 2 to 4 p.m., at the community stage, kids can paint free piggy banks to take home and fill with money. If children bring their completed piggy banks filled with money into the bank and open a free savings account, they will receive a prize. Sterling Bank welcomes all ages to stop by their booth for free financial advice, video games and piggy banks. Free root beer from the Snoqualmie Falls Brewery will be served. Sterling partners will be on hand throughout the day to field questions about home loans, investing, and saving for college and retirement.

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yle Twede, owner of Twede’s Café, has always loved a good, messy, sticky food-eating contest. At age 13, Twede challenged his 11-year-old brother, Shane, to a pancakeeating contest. Together, they consumed 40 pancakes. This year, at 2 p.m. on Saturday at the Community Stage, at the intersection of North Bend Way and Bendigo, 12 brave souls will be challenged to eat as many pancakes as their stomachs can hold. Contestants will have 10 minutes to eat their pancakes. Twede guarantees that all pancakes will be uniform to ensure maximum fairness. The winner will receive a pig trophy. Since the North Bend Block Party started four years ago, Twede’s Café has hosted a food eating contest every year. The first two years, six teams with four contestants each raced to see which team could consume a five-pound

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Kyle Twede flips flapjacks at Twede’s Cafe in North Bend. The cafe owner has come up with a new contest for this summer’s Block Party: A pancake-eating contest for all ages. hamburger on a two-foot bun first. The second year, one of the contestants decided to get messy, and sprayed audience members with an array of ketchup and mustard. Twede decided to do away

with the group eating contests and last year brought in the hot wings. Contestants were challenged to eat six hot wings, brushed with fiery sauces and served, one at a time, with hot sauces ranging from 47 times

hotter than Tabasco sauce to 4,782 times hotter, or about 4 million Scoville heat units. For comparison, Tabasco has about 2,500 units on the Scoville scale. Each year, during the Festival at Mount Si, Twede’s Café also holds a cherrypie-eating contest. Kids who participate are encouraged to use their toes, noses and hands to shovel food into their mouths. “When I was a kid I was in a pie-eating contest that I looked forward to for weeks,” said Twede. “But when I got there, they tied my hands behind my back.” Twede wanted to eat as much and as fast as he could and hated not being able to use his hands. Thus, he doesn’t put any restriction on his foodconsuming warriors. “Some of the kids look really happy about it,” said Twede. Since 1940, the little café on the corner of North Bend Way has been serving cherry pie, pancakes, hamburgers, hot wings and milk shakes to residents and visitors to the Snoqualmie Valley. Whether at the eating contest or just sitting inside the restaurant in a blue booth, Twede loves being able to serve cheeseburgers every day.

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he Mount Si Senior Center line dancing group will be performing the Dance Like No One is Watching line dance demonstration at 5 p.m. Saturday, in front of the Community Stage. Dances could include a waltz, songs from old musicals like “Hello Dolly,” country rock & roll, hip-hop and rap. Performers invite audience members to get up and dance along with them during the last two numbers, the Electric Slide and the Cupid Shuffle. “We want to get people away from the idea that you can only line dance to country,” said Deane Haugen. During classes, dancers rehearse to a number of musical styles.

she takes additional classes at Studio B in May Valley in order to stay up to date. “We encourage each other,” said Haugen. “We surround each other with a community until everyone feels comfortable dancing. There is always someone around you to help you learn.” Studies by the Mayo Clinic indicate that physical activity and mental simulation can

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Zumba demo at Block Party Dan Buchtal, instructor at Mount Si Sports + Fitness, will get people moving with a Zumba demonstration, 2:30 p.m. at the Community Stage, located at the corner of North Bend Way and Bendigo Boulevard. Zumba is great exercise, and one of the more popular formats at Mount Si Sports, says owner Ben Cockman. The program fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves to create a one-of-a-kind fitness program full of calorie-burning, bodyenergizing, awe-inspiring movements meant to engage and captivate for life, Cockman explains. The routines feature interval training sessions, combining fast and slow rhythms and resistance training, to tone and sculpt your body while burning fat. Add some Latin flavor and international zest into the mix and you’ve got a Zumba class. Zumba is now being taught at over 50,000 locations in 75 countries and has changed the lives of Zumba fanatics worldwide.

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Dancers choose their own outfits, so be prepared for individualized, fun and fancy skirts and cowboy boots. Even though the dances are choreographed, everything is highly individual. “We’re seniors, we do want we want,” said Haugen. “To us, we dance just to have fun.” Dancers practice twice a week at the center under the instruction of Haugen. Classes aren’t just for seniors, dancers range in age from 46 to 80 and come from every kind of dance background. Haugen said that classes provide a healthy workout and great community, “We’ve all gotten new friends out of it.” Several years ago, the dance instructors who had been teaching the line dancing classes left the Valley. So Haugen, who had little experience in dancing herself, stepped in. Currently

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Climbing wall, obstacle course comes to block party Children can explore and engage at the North Bend Block Party, with a number of fun activities. A 20-foot-tall climbing wall is aimed at children 5 and up. Three kids at a time can climb into a harness and climb up the rocky surface. There will also be an inflatable obstacle course for children to explore. Kids can bounce, slide and crawl at the inflatable attraction.

Future Jazz Heads to play Listen to the future of jazz music as presented by talented local student musicians, when the Future Jazz Heads play at 1:30 p.m. Saturday on the Main Stage, located at North Bend Way and Main Street. Future Jazz Heads, who play most Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. at Boxleys, are students from local middle schools and Mount Si High School. They are used to being in front of a live audience, often playing alongside the pros.

A full day of fun Main Stage, North Bend Way and Main Ave. • Noon, The Mysterious Fatmen • 12:45 p.m., Lisa D and the Groove • 1:30 p.m., Future Jazz Heads • 2:15 p.m., Mordy Ferber • 3 p.m., Ignite Dance • 4 p.m., Locked and Loaded • 4:45 p.m., The New Cardinals • 5:30 p.m., Ask Sophie • 6:30 p.m., Dorian Blu, classic rock, pop and blues tunes. • 7:15 p.m., raffle winner announcement • 8 p.m., Spike and the Impalers

Local acoustic trio Ask Sophie mixes Americana, folk and old Country with electric styles. They play at 5:30 p.m.

Community Stage, North Bend Way and Bendigo Blvd. • Noon, Snoqualmie Strings • 12:30 p.m., Cascade Dance Academy • 1 p.m., Minute to Win It Games sponsored by Sterling Savings • 1:30 p.m., Mount Si Gymnastics • 2 p.m., Pancake Eating Contest sponsored by Twede’s Cafe • 2:30 p.m., DMW Martial Arts demo • 3 p.m., The Reptile Man • 4 p.m., Mt. Si Sports + Fitness Zumba demonstration • 4:30 p.m., Bella DiDomenico, the 2013 Snoqualmie Valley Idol winner • 5 p.m., Dance Like No One is Watching, line dancing demo

Children’s Activities, all day • Climbing wall and inflatable obstacle course • My I.D. club • Animal Encounters petting zoo, (noon to 6 p.m.) • Create a Tie-Dye T-shirt sponsored by Chaplin’s North Bend Chevrolet

The Reptile Man’s tortoise wanders North Bend Way, to children’s delight.

Fine arts and a brew or two • Artist Alley, including an interactive children’s paint-out sponsored by Mount Si Artists Guild • Beer Garden, sponsored by Boxley’s Music Foundation

Hibiscuses bloom in this painting for the Artist Alley by Alraune Chowdhury.

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